The interest has extended beyond the great author and his works to a curiosity in Victorian themes, including antiques, festivals, museum exhibits, and architecture. Dickens-era collectibles are springing up everywhere, which is good news for collectors – especially for those with keen eye for value. For those with an interest in starting or enhancing their own collections, or those who just want to pick-up an appropriately themed gift this year, there’s no better guide than “Collecting Under the Radar: Tomorrow’s Antiques” by Michael Hogben and Linda Abrams (http://www.redrockpress.com/
Discover the undervalued antiques in your own attic, at yard and garage sales, at fairs and flea markets, and all over the internet. Mr. Hogben, star of “Auction Man” and the BBC’s “Bargain Hunt,” and Mrs. Abrams, a feature TV producer and writer, give the innovative suggestions you need to find amazing deals on prime examples of Victorian antiques, such as postcards, stevengraphs, pin-cushion dolls, furniture, serving ware, match safes, and outdoor thermometers.
For example, Vesta cases, also known as match safes, are small metal containers from the 19th century that have recently become chic jewelry additions. Mrs. Abrams provides the inside tips for identifying the maker and metal (a full-lion profile guarantees the silver) and for finding particularly accessible examples for beginning collectors. Right now, “Collecting Under the Radar” is available at a 30% discount for just $17.50 at http://www.redrockpress.com/